Coronavirus: Reported cases in India go past three million

India’s reported coronavirus cases have gone past three million, with the country leading the world in new infections as the disease moves through impoverished rural areas in the north and the wealthier but older populations of the south.

Health authorities reported 10,339 new cases and 912 deaths on Sunday, bringing the total to 3,044,940.

The new infections reported on Sunday marked a sharp decline from the previous 18 days when India had reported more than 60,000 cases daily.

Cases have levelled off in India’s two largest cities, with serological surveys showing widespread prevalence among the residents of the capital, New Delhi, and financial centre Mumbai.

New hotspots continue to spring up in rural areas of the Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states in India’s north, and in the southern states of Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

“We are seeing that the virus moved from the metropolitan areas like Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai to more rural areas and that is the concern. As it moves from cities that have the best healthcare infrastructure in the country to parts of the country that have very poor healthcare systems,” said Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam, reporting from the Indian capital.

“The Indian government is always positive. On Saturday, the health minister said India has the best recovery rate in the world. But the problem here is that the serological survey shows a different picture.”

“The Indian government is always positive. On Saturday, the health minister said India has the best recovery rate in the world. But the problem here is that the serological survey shows a different picture.”

Related Articles

Back to top button